The public preview of hosted Virtual Machines in Windows Azure is now
available to the general public. This platform preview enables you to
evaluate our new IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities. Once you have
registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new account, you can
access the preview directly at this link:
If you’ve been to any of my presentations lately, you’ll know that I’m
fired up about these new offerings. As I’ve worked through some scenarios
for myself and with my customers, I’ve been collecting the resources that
helped me to ramp up.
Here’s a collection of links to the items I’ve found most useful:
Core Resources Digital Chalk Talk Videos – detailed technical overviews of
the new Windows Azure services and supporting technologies as announced June
7, including Virtual Machines (IaaS Win... (more)
Some exciting new Windows Azure Mobile Services features were delivered to
production this week. The highlights include:
iPhone and iPad connectivity support via a new iOS SDK Integrated
Authentication so developers can configure user authentication via Microsoft
Account, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. New server-side Mobile Service script
modules Access to Structured Storage, Windows Azure Blob, Table, Queues, and
ServiceBus Email services through partnership with SendGrid SMS & voice
services through partnership with Twilio Mobile Services hosting expanded to
west coast US Th... (more)
My buddy Bruce Kyle has put together a view into how you can secure your
applications in Windows Azure. This six-part series describes the threats,
how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle
of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best practices
around the requirements of your application.
Here are the links to each part in this series:
Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth. This post describes the threat
landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in
depth in partnership with Windows Azure.
As the name implies, what we’re talking about here is the explosion of
electronic data that comes from huge volumes of transactions, devices, and
sensors being captured by businesses today. This data often comes in
unstructured formats and/or too fast for us to effectively process in real
time. Collectively, we call these the 4 big data V’s: Volume, Velocity,
Variety, and Variability. These qualities make this type of data best managed
by NoSQL systems like Hadoop, rather than by conventional Relational Database
Management System (RDBMS).
We know that there are patterns hidden i... (more)
In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 HOLs covering a wide
variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012.
We now have 35 Presentations with new content surrounding Windows Azure SQL
Database, SQL Federation, Reporting and Data Sync (4) as well as Security &
Identity (1); and Building Scalable, Global, and Highly Available Web Apps
Head over to http://aka.ms/WATK and download it now!